I'm so excited to share this easy DIY with you today. Last week I painted my gross laminate kitchen countertops to resemble marble. It was SO EASY, not messy at all and only cost me $15!
Before I show you how to do it yourself, let me remind you how nasty my kitchen counters were:
Notice the visible edges and overall dingy color? Yuck!
What, you don't love gold, brown and black specks? Ha! Me, neither!
How about some fresh white, shiny faux marble counters, though?
Finally my kitchen looks and feels clean!
Here's a close up of the veining I added to create the "faux marble" look. I'll admit I was totally chicken on overdoing it....which resulted in me under-doing it, probably.
It's subtle but nice :-)
Want the low down on how to achieve this look? Here we go....
What You'll Need:
High adhesion primer (I swear by this one)
Chalk or Latex Paint (The Pure & Original brand is what I used and is superior to anything else. My color was "white lava")
Polyurethane or Polycrylic (I used this one in semi-gloss)
Artist's paintbrush or feather
Gray acrylic craft paint
The only thing I purchased for this project was the Polyuretane. I had everything else on hand, so total project cost was only $15!
Remove all items from your countertops and thoroughly clean them. Then clean them again!
TAPE OFF SURFACES
Tape off any areas that you don't want to get paint on. Backsplash, sink, stovetop, etc.
Apply a coat of the primer and let it dry. If you have dark counters and you're going light, add a second coat of primer to knock down the color.
FIRST COAT OF PAINT
One the primer is dry (mine only took about 45 minutes) apply the paint. Apply thinly, in one direction to minimize brush strokes.
Using the artist's brush (or feather) and gray paint, draw veins on your countertop surface and down the edges. Don't be afraid of how awful it looks at this point. The next stage will make it look less scary!
Continue painting on the veins until you're happy with the effect. If you mess up, you can soften the paint with a damp sponge. Let dry for 30 minutes.
SECOND COAT OF PAINT
With your foam roller, apply a second full coat of white paint to the counters. Let dry. If the veining is still too prominant for your liking, apply one more coat of paint. Allow to dry for 8-12 hours.
Finally, you will need to seal the paint so that your counters will be waterproof and functional. I chose to use a semi-gloss quick-dry poly after initially using satin. The satin just wasn't shiny enough so I switched. I definitely recommend using semi-gloss or gloss.
Apply the polyurethane with a wide synthetic bristle brush. Being careful to move in on direction to avoid brush strokes or lap marks. If you use the same brand I did, one coat is all you will need.
Light use is fine after about 6 hours. Your counters will need a 24-48 hours before they are fully cured and can be used as normal.
Let's compare before and afters!
Finally my counters look clean! Doesn't the entire kitchen look so much brighter, too?
Is this something you'll consider doing to your old laminate? It's a quick and easy update and certainly one that's worthwhile! We will remodel our kitchen eventually - but for now, this is a great quick fix!